18-year-old caught speeding excessively almost immediately after passing driving test.
Teenage males command the highest insurance rates of any demographic, and a teen in Germany just gave the perfect example of why this is true. A mere 49 minutes after passing his driving test, the 18-year-old driver was caught by local police speeding at double the posted speed limit.
The teen, having just completed his driving test in the town of Hemer, was with four friends when he was clocked going 95 kph in a 50 kph zone—the equivalent of doing 60 mph on a 30 mph road.
The regional police in Märkischer Kreis have given the teen an extensive list of punishments for his first driving infringement. Along with a €200 fine, he has been banned from driving for four weeks, and, according to the police statement, will only be able to get his license back after “expensive retraining.”
On top of this, two penalty points will be added to his license once he has earned it back, and his probationary period for being a new driver will be extended to four years from the standard two.
What motivated this newly minted driver to speed by so much so soon? The police pointed out the obvious in their statement—the teenager was attempting to impress his friends with his newfound driving skills. "Some things last for ever - others not for an hour,” the Märkischer Kreis police concluded.
It is not clear what vehicle the young perp was driving, but we would like to imagine that it was a super-wagon like the Audi RS6 Avant or Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon. In reality, it was more likely a ten-year-old Opel. The real question, however, is why didn’t he just head to the nearest stretch of Autobahn for his first taste of speeding?